About Red Wines from Argentina

About Red Wines from Argentina
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country in the world and much of that has to do with one wine, Malbec, which has become synonymous for Argentinean wine. By far, the most widely planted variety -red or white - in the country (almost twice as much planted as the next red variety, Bonarda), Malbec with its deep color, ripe berry fruit and light, peppery spice, has become wildly popular with consumers, looking for a flavorful red at the right price. There are dozens of very fine examples of Malbec from the Mendoza region available on USA retail shelves for $12-$16. Some of these same producers are also crafting $25 and version of Malbec, to show the aging ability and potential of the variety; these are not yet sales successes for the most part. There are other notable reds produced in the country, namely Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. As for white wine, the signature variety is Torrontes, a medium-bodied white with light pear and tropical fruit flavors that is a pleasant sipper or partner with lighter seafood.

Top Picks for Argentina

Red Wines

Algodon Wine Estates 2012 PIMA Argentina
95 points
$100
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate nut bar, olives, and pickled cherries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, very long finish with overtones of dried berries, pomegranate herb vinaigrette, smoked nuts, and earth with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, stately red blend that entices and delights the palate into another sip.
Algodon Wine Estates 2012 Gran Cuvee Winemaker Selection Argentina
94 points
$55
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry pie a la mode, gherkin and cocktail onion, chocolate toffee, and conditioned leather with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish with impressions of roasted root vegetables, berry reduction, and grilled peppers with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A sumptuous and elegant red blend with a deep core of robustly savory flavors.
Exquisite Collection 2018  Malbec
93 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of huckleberry tart, sweet tomato, elderflower, blueberry, sandalwood, and suede with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, amusing, medium-length toasted pine nuts, cocoa nib, and pomegranate relish finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious, nuanced Malbec that will be a hit.
93 points $7.99 Best Buy
Alamos 2016 Selección Malbec
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas of stewed raspberry and blackberries, flaked dark chocolate, prociutto, ginger, nutmeg, and sweet tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, medium-long ripe plum, black toast, and hazelnut spread finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layered, complex Malbec with serious body and depth; great for upscale grilled fare.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Argentine Malbec
92 points $20 Best Buy
Alamos 2016 Selección Malbec
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of stewed raspberry and blackberries, flaked dark chocolate, prociutto, ginger, nutmeg, and sweet tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, distinctive, medium-long finish that presents touches of ripe plum, black toast, and hazelnut spread with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layered, complex Malbec with serious body and depth; great for upscale grilled fare.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Algodon Wine Estates 2015 Estate Pinot Noir
92 points
$29
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of cherry bon bon, cranberry mostarda, savory herbs, mint, and caramelized mushrooms with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a delightful, long finish that presents notes of chocolate. A vibrant Pinot Noir with an elegant balance of fruit and earth; edgy acidity gives aging potential.
Algodon Wine Estates 2013 Premium Reserva Cabernet Franc-Malbec
92 points
$34
Black violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of spiced plum, ginger snaps, banana cake, and roasted nuts with a velvety, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and an elegant, long finish with notes of cigar box, vanilla bean, burnt sugar, and graphite with firm, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak flavor. A brawny red blend from Argentina that blankets the palate in toasty oak flavor.
It’s a Headsnapper 2018  Malbec
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of bubbly dark berry tart, chocolate graham crackers, cola float, and eucalyptus with a silky, vibrant, fruity full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of turtle candy, blueberry tart, and cedar with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and juicy Malbec that is sure to please.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under' Exceptional Value
91 points $10 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo 2019  Malbec
91 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of ripe blackberry, plum pie, red apples, bay, orange tea, and toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length black toast with mixed berry jam and spice cookies finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy Malbec with the rich fruit you crave.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Exceptional Value
91 points $11 Best Buy
Pampa 2015 Family Reserve Malbec
91 points
$30
Black violet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of black cassis and star anise with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of black tea with medium, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry yet fruity Malbec that should blossom with cellaring.